Lenten Devotional: March 10

Psalm 40; Psalm 51; Psalm 54; Psalm 95; Deuteronomy 10:12-22;
Hebrews 4:11-16
; John 3:22-36

What does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 10:12-13a

This passage is after the original ten commandment tablets were broken and God asked Moses to make two more tablets, an ark and ascend the mountain, whereupon God wrote on the tablets. Once again Moses stayed forty days and forty nights, and once again intercedes for his people. When he went down the mountain, Moses placed the tablets in the ark he had made. Aaron died. God appointed the tribe of Levi to carry the ark, bless the people in God’s name and the Hebrews continued their journey.

“Fear of the Lord” suggests awe, amazement. Outside of natural wonders such as sunsets, wildflowers, baby animals, or beautiful paintings, music, architecture, do 21st century humans experience awe? Enough to want to change ways, be obedient, follow a different path? The power of God’s love is this very transcendent, transformational desire to walk in His ways, love Him with all our hearts and souls, keep His commandments. This season of Lent gives us time to contemplate just how devoted we are and to what degree we are able to do all that God requires. God provides what we need. The Hebrews had set back after set back and started all over again. This passage once again affirms God’s love and forgiveness and the Hebrews are starting again on their journey. We, too, have set backs and can start all over again. In fact we have a song, “pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and start all over again”. To fear the Lord is to stand in awe of His Omniscience, be grateful for His love, and rejoice in our hearts and by the way we live. Even God never said it would be easy. But He did make a covenant through His Son, Jesus, that He would be with us always.